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Liberty's Edge

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Mermaid or reverse mermaid?

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John Kretzer wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
LazarX wrote:
So.. what will you be doing on your leap second tomorrow at 11:59:60 pm?
PORN!
So how is that different from every other seconds? ;)

Sometimes I'm asleep.

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Samy wrote:
Mermaid or reverse mermaid?

Eew. Mermaid.

Liberty's Edge

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What's with the lack of dogfolk in D&D/PF? We have catfolk, foxfolk, lizardfolk, fishfolk, hyenafolk, bullfolk, horsefolk, but Man's most trusted friend seems like it's being snubbed. Is it an intentional design choice to have a dearth of dogfolk?

Kobolds used to sort of have that niche in the past, but now that aspect of them seems to have pretty much been nixed, leaving...pretty much nothing?


James Jacobs wrote:
Rysky wrote:

Favourite type of fish?

Favourite way of having fish prepared?

Favourite seasoning?

Lingcod ties with King Salmon

Lingcod = breaded and fried
Salmon = smoked

Smoked garlic

You should make friends with Alaskans then, or come to one of the Alaskan gaming conventions. Alaskans have this nasty habit of just giving away ~40 pounds of freshly caught salmon or halibut.


James Jacobs wrote:
the xiao wrote:

What is the stand of the gods toward psychic magic? I suppose Irori would be cool with it but, what about Nethys? others? Are any gods opposed to psychic magic?

Speaking of which, do any gods proibit certain multiclasses?

They are all pretty much cool with it. Nethys in particular, as the god of magic, endorses it.

While the gods themselves do not prohibit certain multiclass combos, the restrictions of alignments do. You can't be a cleric of Abadar/barbarian, for example.

True Neutral?

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James Jacobs wrote:
Aberzombie wrote:

James,

Are you a fan of the Penny Dreadful series on Showtime?

Yes. I am. But...

** spoiler omitted **

SHAME

*bell clang*

SHAME

*bell clang*

Silver Crusade

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Jessica Price wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Aberzombie wrote:

James,

Are you a fan of the Penny Dreadful series on Showtime?

Yes. I am. But...

** spoiler omitted **

SHAME

*bell clang*

SHAME

*bell clang*

*aid another*

SHAME +2

*aid another*

SHAME +2

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Samy wrote:

What's with the lack of dogfolk in D&D/PF? We have catfolk, foxfolk, lizardfolk, fishfolk, hyenafolk, bullfolk, horsefolk, but Man's most trusted friend seems like it's being snubbed. Is it an intentional design choice to have a dearth of dogfolk?

Kobolds used to sort of have that niche in the past, but now that aspect of them seems to have pretty much been nixed, leaving...pretty much nothing?

We HAVE mentioned a race of dog-headed humanoids living in an isle off the coast of another continent, but to date we've simply not had the opportunity (or in my case, the interest) in statting that race up.

Some day that may change. In the meantime, use werewolves or gnolls? They're dog-adjacent.

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Tels wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Rysky wrote:

Favourite type of fish?

Favourite way of having fish prepared?

Favourite seasoning?

Lingcod ties with King Salmon

Lingcod = breaded and fried
Salmon = smoked

Smoked garlic

You should make friends with Alaskans then, or come to one of the Alaskan gaming conventions. Alaskans have this nasty habit of just giving away ~40 pounds of freshly caught salmon or halibut.

Or, conversely, go home. My dad is a retired salmon fisherman who is now an avid sport fisherman. I'm no stranger to the free fish syndrome, plus there's fewer mosquitos in Point Arena. :-P

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Gars DarkLover wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
the xiao wrote:

What is the stand of the gods toward psychic magic? I suppose Irori would be cool with it but, what about Nethys? others? Are any gods opposed to psychic magic?

Speaking of which, do any gods proibit certain multiclasses?

They are all pretty much cool with it. Nethys in particular, as the god of magic, endorses it.

While the gods themselves do not prohibit certain multiclass combos, the restrictions of alignments do. You can't be a cleric of Abadar/barbarian, for example.

True Neutral?

Hmm. I suppose the rules as written would allow that... but...

I still wouldn't allow it in my games, since it's kinda nonsensical for a cleric of urban things to be a barbarian.

And in reply, I'll just say "you can't be a cleric of Desna/monk, for example.

Pedantry aside, my point stands.

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Jessica Price wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Aberzombie wrote:

James,

Are you a fan of the Penny Dreadful series on Showtime?

Yes. I am. But...

** spoiler omitted **

SHAME

*bell clang*

SHAME

*bell clang*

HEY! You should shame WES, not me! I'm ready to start the Penny Dreadful train back up at ANY MOMENT!!!

Liberty's Edge

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James Jacobs wrote:
We HAVE mentioned a race of dog-headed humanoids living in an isle off the coast of another continent, but to date we've simply not had the opportunity (or in my case, the interest) in statting that race up.

So it's not a case of intentionally forgoing dogfolk? A sort of "it's too convenient if every single animal has a corresponding humanoid, so we have to have some animals that aren't represented"?

Do you have any thoughts on why, historically, dog-humanoids have been so underrepresented in the game? Was it something caused by kobolds and/or gnolls?


James Jacobs wrote:

Hmm. I suppose the rules as written would allow that... but...

I still wouldn't allow it in my games, since it's kinda nonsensical for a cleric of urban things to be a barbarian.

And in reply, I'll just say "you can't be a cleric of Desna/monk, for example.

Pedantry aside, my point stands.

Would a True Neutral Abadar Cleric who multiclass into Urban Barbarian be a borderline case?

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Samy wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
We HAVE mentioned a race of dog-headed humanoids living in an isle off the coast of another continent, but to date we've simply not had the opportunity (or in my case, the interest) in statting that race up.

So it's not a case of intentionally forgoing dogfolk? A sort of "it's too convenient if every single animal has a corresponding humanoid, so we have to have some animals that aren't represented"?

Do you have any thoughts on why, historically, dog-humanoids have been so underrepresented in the game? Was it something caused by kobolds and/or gnolls?

I suspect the primary reason is that there's just not a lot of us here at Paizo who are eager to see a glut of animal-headed races in the game. There's already a LOT of them, what with gnolls and lizardfolk and tengu and catfolk and serpentfolk and charau-ka and on and on, and so there has to be a VERY COMPELLING reason for us to add to that tradition with a new race. And "there's not yet an animal-headed race of this animal yet" is not compelling in and of itself.

Personally, I've never been all that into dog-headed races, but do quite like tengu and lizardfolk and catfolk and gnolls and all the others I list above, so the fact that I happen to be the game's creative director, and thus the one paid for his opinions and vision on the development of the campaign setting also plays into the fact that there aren't yet dog-headed humanoids in the game. From this standpoint, it is sort of a deliberate forgoing of "dogfolk."

But it turns out we publish a couple hundred pages of new content for the setting every month, and as I've said earlier, there ARE tales of "dog headed people" in the setting. We may get there some day...

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T.A.U. wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:

Hmm. I suppose the rules as written would allow that... but...

I still wouldn't allow it in my games, since it's kinda nonsensical for a cleric of urban things to be a barbarian.

And in reply, I'll just say "you can't be a cleric of Desna/monk, for example.

Pedantry aside, my point stands.

Would a True Neutral Abadar Cleric who multiclass into Urban Barbarian be a borderline case?

Nope. Still nonsensical in my opinion.

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Companion Subscriber
James Jacobs wrote:
I suspect the primary reason is that there's just not a lot of us here at Paizo who are eager to see a glut of animal-headed races in the game.

With "historically", I meant pre-Paizo...Gygax, TSR, even WotC days.

Silver Crusade

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What would Nirmathas' naming conventions be like?

Liberty's Edge

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Looking at the customer service forum, it must take a lot of time to deal with subscription cancellation requests. With all the hours that customer service must have put into them, you probably could have paid someone to code in a "cancel" button that subscribers could click on their own. Why not?

Is it a "psychological barrier" kind of thing, that you're counting on less people unsubscribing if they have to make a forum post, than if they could just click a button?

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Samy wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
I suspect the primary reason is that there's just not a lot of us here at Paizo who are eager to see a glut of animal-headed races in the game.
With "historically", I meant pre-Paizo...Gygax, TSR, even WotC days.

The boxed D&D rules had lupins and a few other dog-head races.

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Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
What would Nirmathas' naming conventions be like?

If I were naming someone from Nirmathas I'd likely just go for "generic european" sounding names. AKA: Standard fantasy names.

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Samy wrote:

Looking at the customer service forum, it must take a lot of time to deal with subscription cancellation requests. With all the hours that customer service must have put into them, you probably could have paid someone to code in a "cancel" button that subscribers could click on their own. Why not?

Is it a "psychological barrier" kind of thing, that you're counting on less people unsubscribing if they have to make a forum post, than if they could just click a button?

I believe that's exactly it. If there's a cancel button, it's easier to unsubscribe. Making a customer do a little work to unsubscribe is indeed a psychological barrier. This is hardly unique to Paizo. A lot of subscription models do this type of thing. It's pretty standard.

It also allows us to find out WHY you want to unsubscribe, so that can help us correct errors we're making so that we can, in theory, improve things in the future to help not have folks unsubscribe for the same reason, if that makes sense?

AKA: If you don't want to buy our things anymore, we want to know why, so that if it's something we can perhaps fix, we can. If you just vanish from being a customer without giving us a reason, that gives us no indication of what we can do to improve.

Liberty's Edge

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That makes a lot of sense, thanks. I hadn't considered the "exit poll" angle.

Silver Crusade

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Aren't lupins a kind of flower?

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Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
Aren't lupins a kind of flower?

Yes. One of several reasons why I've never been a fan of the monster. Silly names go a long way toward making me not like a monster.

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Why am I so tired?

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Ross Byers wrote:
Why am I so tired?

Leap second threw you off.


What about a true neutral Urban barbarian/cleric of Abadar?

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James Jacobs wrote:
Ross Byers wrote:
Why am I so tired?
Leap second threw you off.

Damn!


Ross Byers wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Ross Byers wrote:
Why am I so tired?
Leap second threw you off.
Damn!

This is the end, beautiful friend.


1)What book or books was this dog-headed race mentioned in?

2)Any chance that the Inner Sea Races book will mention or at hint about races that do not have stats?

3)Is there any chance we will one day see a telepath type class?

Silver Crusade

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Was the Five Kings Mountains inspired by Mount Rushmore?

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thegreenteagamer wrote:
What about a true neutral Urban barbarian/cleric of Abadar?

Nope. And the more folk try to skirt the edges, the more adamant I'll grow. Next question, please.

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Dragon78 wrote:

1)What book or books was this dog-headed race mentioned in?

2)Any chance that the Inner Sea Races book will mention or at hint about races that do not have stats?

3)Is there any chance we will one day see a telepath type class?

1) Pathfinder #1. In the very first Pathfinder journal.

2) I don't believe so; the book has been at the printer and I've read most of it, but I might be forgetting something... but I'm pretty sure the answer is no.

3) There's a lot of that in Occult Adventures. So, yes. 100% of a chance. By the end of the next month.

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Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
Was the Five Kings Mountains inspired by Mount Rushmore?

Dunno.

Thassilon's Runelord mountan faces were.

Mike McArtor was the initial creator of a lot of the Five Kings Mountains, and I suspect hat Mt. Rushmore did indeed inspire him. He was a pretty patriotic guy.

Sovereign Court

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James Jacobs wrote:
Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
Was the Five Kings Mountains inspired by Mount Rushmore?

Dunno.

Thassilon's Runelord mountan faces were.

Mike McArtor was the initial creator of a lot of the Five Kings Mountains, and I suspect hat Mt. Rushmore did indeed inspire him. He was a pretty patriotic guy.

Not a question, but:

RIP. :(

Silver Crusade

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Was Vhailor from Planescape: Torment any inspiration for the Hellknights?


James Jacobs wrote:
thegreenteagamer wrote:
What about a true neutral Urban barbarian/cleric of Abadar?
Nope. And the more folk try to skirt the edges, the more adamant I'll grow. Next question, please.

I've seen you mention on a few occasions how you feel that PCs are perfectly suited to be unique concepts, but at the same time you have said things like this where stepping to far out of line causes you to dig in your heels. While I'm sure it ends up being a case by case basis, would you say that there are certain things you are more likely to allow edge cases of than others? I guess another way of asking it is, do you feel that boundaries are made to be pushed or respected (in terms of Pathfinder)?

Scarab Sages

James,

I noticed you mention smoked garlic as a favorite seasoning. Do you have a smoker? What would be your favorite food-type to smoke? Any good marinade recipes you can share?


James Jacobs wrote:
thegreenteagamer wrote:
What about a true neutral Urban barbarian/cleric of Abadar?
Nope. And the more folk try to skirt the edges, the more adamant I'll grow. Next question, please.

I have no dog in this fight. I was just surprised nobody else thought of that archetype when spitting that combo at you, so I mentioned it.

Who do you think is the coolest man over 60 in the world?
Woman over 60?
Do you fear aging? (As I round mid-30's, and I look in the mirror, sometimes I'm like, WHOA, is that me? But otherwise I'm cool with it, personally.) If so/not, why?
What is a major life goal you hope to accomplish that you think you've gotten started, but haven't even hit halfway yet?
What is your proudest moment in your life so far?

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Rysky wrote:
Was Vhailor from Planescape: Torment any inspiration for the Hellknights?

I'm pretty sure no.

Silver Crusade

The church of Callistria is chaotic, do they have a hierarchy though? Like is there a High Callistrian priestess?

I picked up Faiths of Balance, but it didn't really seem to specify what makes one a high muckety-muck of Callistria, and since I've got plans to have a high ranking (or possibly the highest ranking) Callistrian show up as a CE or CN henchman to one of my current campaign's bad guys, I'd like to know if there are any trappings or symbols of office associated with one.

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OmegaGrey wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
thegreenteagamer wrote:
What about a true neutral Urban barbarian/cleric of Abadar?
Nope. And the more folk try to skirt the edges, the more adamant I'll grow. Next question, please.
I've seen you mention on a few occasions how you feel that PCs are perfectly suited to be unique concepts, but at the same time you have said things like this where stepping to far out of line causes you to dig in your heels. While I'm sure it ends up being a case by case basis, would you say that there are certain things you are more likely to allow edge cases of than others? I guess another way of asking it is, do you feel that boundaries are made to be pushed or respected (in terms of Pathfinder)?

Yes. I feel that certain things are what define a thing, and that trying to make a square peg (a worshiper of Abadar) fit into a round hole (barbarian levels) is kinda disrespectful to both concepts.

Unusual and unique does not always mean creative and fun. Whether or not any two people will agree on the specifics is up to those two people.

Boundaries are made to be respected, in other words. That doesn't mean they can't be pushed. In fact, they SHOULD be pushed... but at the right time by the right writer. I don't want to shatter a boundary with someone not capable of doing it right the first time.

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Aberzombie wrote:

James,

I noticed you mention smoked garlic as a favorite seasoning. Do you have a smoker? What would be your favorite food-type to smoke? Any good marinade recipes you can share?

I don't have a smoker. That's several steps of cooking skill beyond me.

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thegreenteagamer wrote:

Who do you think is the coolest man over 60 in the world?

Woman over 60?
Do you fear aging? (As I round mid-30's, and I look in the mirror, sometimes I'm like, WHOA, is that me? But otherwise I'm cool with it, personally.) If so/not, why?
What is a major life goal you hope to accomplish that you think you've gotten started, but haven't even hit halfway yet?
What is your proudest moment in your life so far?

Stephen King.

Sigourney Weaver.
I do, the older I get.
Get to my ideal weight and stay there.
I'm not sure it's happened yet.

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Spook205 wrote:

The church of Callistria is chaotic, do they have a hierarchy though? Like is there a High Callistrian priestess?

I picked up Faiths of Balance, but it didn't really seem to specify what makes one a high muckety-muck of Callistria, and since I've got plans to have a high ranking (or possibly the highest ranking) Callistrian show up as a CE or CN henchman to one of my current campaign's bad guys, I'd like to know if there are any trappings or symbols of office associated with one.

They do have a hiererachy, as do most churches. Chaotic does NOT mean "can never organize or work together."

For better or worse, we generally don't go into much detail, it seems, on church hierarchies and the names of each level and all that. Which is a shame, but it is what it is.


If you where to make a "temples of the inner sea" book would you be able to detail the church hierarchies?

Dark Archive

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James Jacobs wrote:
Aberzombie wrote:

James,

I noticed you mention smoked garlic as a favorite seasoning. Do you have a smoker? What would be your favorite food-type to smoke? Any good marinade recipes you can share?

I don't have a smoker. That's several steps of cooking skill beyond me.

Have you seen the episode of Good Eats where Alton makes a smoker out of a cardboard box, and proceeds to smoke two salmon filets in it? As an aside, I have done this very procedure twice, and it's actually far easier to maintain than you'd think.

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xavier c wrote:
If you where to make a "temples of the inner sea" book would you be able to detail the church hierarchies?

The "Thing of the Inner Sea" books have a pretty rigid structure of presenting 6 different examples. And I'd not want to do a structure of church hierarcies in a book where we only get less than a 3rd of the core deities.

Alas, Inner Sea Gods or the Faiths Of books were the best place to do this.. And that ship has sailed.

We might find a place for it in the future... but "Temples of The Inner Sea" would focus MUCH more on the architecture and buildings of six faiths than their hierarchies.

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Misroi wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Aberzombie wrote:

James,

I noticed you mention smoked garlic as a favorite seasoning. Do you have a smoker? What would be your favorite food-type to smoke? Any good marinade recipes you can share?

I don't have a smoker. That's several steps of cooking skill beyond me.
Have you seen the episode of Good Eats where Alton makes a smoker out of a cardboard box, and proceeds to smoke two salmon filets in it? As an aside, I have done this very procedure twice, and it's actually far easier to maintain than you'd think.

I have not.

Even easier than that? Buying smoked salmon at the store. Even easier than that? And even better? Getting smoked salmon for free at my parents' house. Where I will be within 36 hours.

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